Kashmir issue remnant of colonial rule: Geelani
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Apr 30: The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said the Kashmir issue was in fact a remnant of colonial rule and could easily be solved by giving people of the state their right of self-determination.
“Kashmir issue is primarily only a problem concerning the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination; and India and Pakistan are the parties to it only because the state stands divided into two parts and under the control of these countries. The Kashmiris have not so far been provided an opportunity to decide on their future in accordance with their wishes and aspirations. Any solution to Kashmir issue should primarily be acceptable to Kashmiris irrespective of whether it (solution) satisfies New Delhi and Pakistan or not,” Geelani said in a statement.
Reacting to the recent statement of former foreign minister of Pakistan Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri in Kolkata, Geelani said Kashmir was simple and understandable issue but those with no stable and principled stand in politics did make their position ridiculous by complicating it in the philosophical riddles.
He said during the period of colonial rule the big world powers had occupied many countries through their military might and the people of these nations stood up against the forces and finally achieved their goal. “The Kashmir issue is one of the remnants of this colonial rule,” he said, adding that the simple solution of Kashmir issue is that New Delhi should withdraw its forces from Jammu Kashmir and allow its people to exercise their right of freedom.”
He said some people were deliberately trying to create confusion with regard to the resolution of Kashmir issue to keep themselves in the news. He said Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri’s state goes contrary to the traditional national stand of Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
Geelani said the UN Resolutions provided the most democratic, easy and practicable solution to Kashmir issue. “Both India and Pakistan have in principle accepted these Resolutions and the whole world stands witness to it,” he said.
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